NPA, Ports Police Command to Collaborate on Port Security
In a concerted effort to improve security in the nation’s seaports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has pledged to work hand-in-hand with the Ports Police Command.
The pledge of the authority is coming on the heels of fears in certain quarters that the nation’s seaports, particularly the ones located in Lagos, may be a target of terrorist attacks, as the Boko Haram sect vows to extends its violent campaign beyond the Northern part of the country.
Only last month, a raid in the Ijora part of Lagos led to the discovery of arms and ammunition hidden in the ceiling of a house in the neighbourhood, as well as the arrest of some people suspected to be members of Boko Haram.
The incident, which startled many residents of Lagos State, has given fillip to the fear in some quarters that certain strategic places in Nigeria’s commercial centre may be targets of terrorist attack by members of the Islamic sect.
NPA Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Mr. David Omonibeke, expressed the readiness of the authority to curtail any security lapses in the nation’s seaports in a meeting with the Ports Authority Police Command (PAPC) at NPA House, the corporate headquarters of the authority in Lagos.
Omonibeke said the authority appreciates the crucial roles of PAPC and would continue to cultivate, maintain and sustain a mutual working relationship with the command.
The Executive Director spoke in his capacity as the chairman of the meeting between NPA Security Department and PAPC. He noted that without security, life and property are at great risk and assured the PAPC that the authority would continuously support the command by providing necessary logistics that would enhance their performance.
He hailed the new Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Sherifat Olakoju, for swinging into action since her resumption, adding that a remarkable change has been noticed since she assumed duty.